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The Early Work of Diane Arbus

Part of diane arbus: in the beginning

Arts writer Liz Jobey is joined by curator Jeff Rosenheim and photographer Neil Selkirk in a panel discussion on the formative early work of Diane Arbus.

On the launch of our exhibition exploring the first seven years of the photographer’s career, from 1956 to 1962, Jobey delves deeper into the rarely seen works on show with Rosenheim, curator of diane arbus: in the beginning and Selkirk, exclusive printer of the Estate of Diane Arbus.

Arbus made most of her photographs in New York City, where she was born and died. Her photographs of children and eccentrics, couples and circus performers, female impersonators and pedestrians are among the most intimate, surprising and haunting works of art of the 20th century.

Liz Jobey is a writer and editor, and an associate editor at FT Weekend Magazine. She is the author of A Photographic History of the 20th Century and a frequent contributor to The Guardian.

Jeff Rosenheim is Joyce Frank Menschel Curator in Charge, Department of Photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the curator of the exhibition diane arbus: in the beginning, which was first presented at the Met in 2016. He is the custodian of the Diane Arbus Archive and the Walker Evans Archive.

Neil Selkirk is a photographer and the exclusive printer for the Estate of Diane Arbus. He advised Arbus on technical matters and was a student in her last masterclass. After her death he researched and then printed her photographs, including those presented in the 1974 Hayward Gallery retrospective. Selkirk worked closely with Rosenheim on the exhibition diane arbus: in the beginning.

Dates & times

14 Feb 2019
Approximate run time: 90 mins
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Purcell Room


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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